We’re heading into mid-February now, which means spring is right around the corner. But we’re not in the clear just yet, as the East Coast can attest. A little blizzard named Nemo is threatening to dump many, many inches of snow on cities such as Boston and New York. (And worst of all, maybe even cancel Justin Bieber’s Saturday Night Live appearance!)
There’s a good chance many East Coast-dwellers will be holed up for the majority of this weekend, huddled under blankets with the heat blasting. To help them keep warm, we’ve assembled a list of some of the roastiest, toastiest flicks we've seen to keep them company.
And whether you’re in the frigid Midwest, or on the West Coast where it’s, you know, a little nippy at night, feel free to commiserate along. By now, we’re all ready for some sizzling summer weather, aren’t we?
1. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
It’s difficult ― nay, impossible ― to get your groove back while wearing a parka. Stella knew better than to try, and instead headed to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun (and a steamy romance with Taye Diggs). For those braving Nemo ― there’s absolutely nothing wrong with regaining your groove from the safety of your own apartment.
L.A. isn’t exactly known for its chilly climate, but the discovery of a secret volcano underneath it makes it a whole lot hotter. A few inches of snow doesn’t look so bad compared to a lot of scorching-hot lava.
3. Cast Away
A few days stuck alone in your apartment isn’t so bad compared to several years stranded on a Pacific island. Either way, you can easily recruit an inanimate object like Wilson the Volleyball to be your new best friend.
Ron Howard’s 1991 action thriller is about a group of Chicago firefighters up against an arsonist, including Kurt Russell and one of the Baldwins (not Alec, though). Naturally, this leads to plenty of claustrophobic scenarios in burning buildings... though, really, a movie with firemen doing anything is plenty hot enough for us.
5. The Beach
As if the gorgeous Thai scenery wasn’t enough, perhaps an oft-shirtless circa-2000 Leonardo DiCaprio will raise your body heat. And since it all ends pretty violently, it may make you grateful you’re stuck safe at home huddling by the heater after all.
6. Any Indiana Jones movie
We know Indiana Jones hates snakes, but does he also hate cold weather? Wherever his adventures take him always seems to be a remote tropical location. The first Indy movie is so hot it contains Nazi-melting, which will make you feel a little better about the frosty temperatures at home.
7. Wet Hot American Summer
Fond memories of summer camp inspired by this wacky ode to teenage summer hijinks may warm you up. If not, excessive laughing at the antics of Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and plenty more should do the trick, because this movie is seriously funny.
It doesn’t get much toastier than coming into the vicinity of the surface of the sun, which is what Chris Evans and company do in this sci-fi thriller, in which a giant star blinds and roasts people. (The giant star we're referring to is the sun, not Chris Evans.)
9. Fantastic Four
But while we're on the subject of Chris Evans' literal hotness... we wouldn't necessarily recommend watching Fantastic Four for any reason except to catch Chris as the Human Torch. But if you must, you must.
That 80’s thriller in which 9-year-old Drew Barrymore can start fires with the power of her mind. And does so, killing many. We wonder if she still has this power… and if she might just be saving it until the right person pisses her off…
11. Pirates of the Caribbean
As if the sunny Caribbean setting wasn’t enough, it’s also completely acceptable to be drinking rum right along with Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. The more you drink, the warmer you’ll feel!
Summer jobs tend to suck, and working at Adventureland certainly does for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Plus Kristen spends the whole summer sleeping with Ryan Reynolds, which we imagine can get pretty steamy, too.
13. Independence Day
Those of you in New York and Washington, D.C. may be feeling pretty unlucky right about now, but remember, the opposite could be worse: would you rather deal with a blizzard or a gigantic alien explosion that wipes out your entire city? Think about it… yeah, that’s what we thought.
14. The Towering Inferno
One of the granddaddies of all disaster movies, this 1974 thriller has a bunch of people trapped in a skyscraper that catches fire, with plenty of major stars of yesteryear battling the flames.
15. The Paperboy
Zac Efron spends most of this movie in his tightie-whities, thanks to the humid Florida setting. While sunning with his trashy pal Nicole Kidman, he takes a swim and gets stung by jellyfish. Even hotter. Then a bunch of teenage girls decide to urinate on him ('cause that's what you do when jellyfish attack...) but Nicole fights them off for the honor of peeing on Zac Efron. Yes, we're being completely honest... that happens in this movie. And for the record, we're not claiming this scene is "hot" as in "sexy" ― just that being caught in the scorching Florida heat, being stung by jellyfish, and then peed on is bound to cause a whole lot of burning.
16. Speed 2: Cruise Control
A cruise to the Caribbean is one way to stay warm. However, it’s even better if a gigantic oil tanker next to your cruise ship also explodes. (Temperature-wise, anyway. We're not sure it'd do wonders for your poolside relaxation.)
17. Point Break
Before she took down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow gave us Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in a gang of bank-robbing surfers. Yes, you read that right. Needless to say, there's plenty of bad boy fun in the sun to be had.
18. Magic Mike
The red-hot cast of Magic Mike stripping down to nothing is guaranteed to get rid of any winter goosebumps that might have accrued during the chilly winter weather. We’re pretty sure these male strippers are almost entirely to blame for Tampa’s humidity.
Which movie do you think can keep you the warmest this winter?